India’s Constitution Day celebrations in SL


India’s ‘Constitution Day’ was observed through a series of events organized by the High Commission of India, Colombo on 26 November 2022. The special day marked the adoption of the Indian Constitution on 26 November 1949.

More than 200 school children from different parts of Sri Lanka enthusiastically participated in the Children’s Art Competition organized on 26 November 2022. Themes of the Competition such as ‘Incredible India’ and ‘Fundamental Duties’ were closely linked to India and her Constitution which helped the young and creative students from Sri Lanka develop a closer understanding of their civilizational partner, India. High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, who was the Chief Guest at the Competition, complimented families and teachers of the children for nurturing the talents of the next generation by encouraging them to participate in such competitions.

In order to instill a sense of environmental responsibility and care for future generations in the children, a unique workshop which gave training on creating beautiful environment-friendly art works from waste materials was also organized on the occasion. A tailor-made exhibition – ‘Making of Indian Constitution’ – gave the pictorial history and background of events and milestones that made the world’s largest written Constitution a reality.

The High Commissioner and officials of the High Commission paid floral tributes to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, main architect of the Indian Constitution on Constitution Day, 2022. Earlier, preamble of the Constitution which professes guiding principles of India was read out by the High Commissioner and Indian officials in Sri Lanka.

Following the adoption of the Indian Constitution on 26 November 1949, it came into effect on 26 January 1950. Indians across the world celebrate ‘Republic Day’ every year with great fervor to mark this momentous occasion. The Indian Constitution, which has drawn from best practices and procedures of various countries, has been the main anchor and basis for decision making for policy makers of India.








Cabinet approval for proposals to restructure CEB

Minister of Power and Energy – Kanchana Wijesekara has said that Cabinet approval was granted today (28) to the recommendations proposed by the committee on restructuring the Ceylon Electricity Board.

The Electricity Reforms Bill will be drafted within a month to begin the Unbundling process of CEB & work on a rapid timeline to get the approval of the Parliament needed, he adds.




Cabinet approval to prepare draft to Amend Buddhist Temporalities Act

The approval granted by the Cabinet to prepare a new draft from the Legal Draftsman, amending Buddhist Temporalities Act, Ordinance No19 of 1931 as appropriate for the present, based on the proposals presented by all denominations, the PMD says.

It adds that Cabinet approval has also been granted to prepare a new draft from the Legal Draftsman based on the amendments made unanimously to a Theravada monk discourse bill based on the agreement of all sects.




Another 1,000 MT of rice from China ; 60% to students in North

Unloading of the 1,000 MT of rice (100,000 packs) which have arrived at the CICT, Colombo Port on last night night, has been completed today (28).

The rice has been donated by China to Sri Lankan students and the embassy states that according to the Sri Lankan Education ministry, 60% of this stock (600MT or 60,000 packs) will be provided to the underprivileged students in the Northern Province.

Since June, a total of 8,000 MT of rice donation have been handed over to Sri Lanka, the Chinese embassy adds.